Top seed Serena Williams joined an elite duo of tennis legends in the 18-time Grand Slam winners club when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the United States Open final on Sunday.
While the contest was far from their most exciting battle, the significance behind Williams’ victory added to the occasion.
“I have been trying to reach it for so long, since last year,” Williams revealed following the match. “Well, since the beginning of the year. I didn’t really think would I get there. I just felt so good.”
Williams reflected on her magnificent journey from Compton to Grand Slam great, and expressed her joy for joining the likes of Chris Everts and Martina Navratiolva as an 18-time Major winner.
“It means a lot to me. You know, I just could never have imagined that I would be mentioned with Chris Evert or with Martina Navratilova, because I was just a kid with a dream and a racquet. Living in Compton, you know, this never happened before. You know, I just never could have imagined that it could have ended — not ended. I’m just beginning. Well, I’m not beginning, but I could have gotten this far, you know.
“So it was just — I think it was — and then it was eluding me for three tournaments, I guess. But, still that’s a lot for me. I was like, you know, really excited to get it.”
While she refuses to compare herself to other great players, she made it clear that she is still on the hunt for more Slam titles.
“I don’t think about it so much because I’m still playing,” Serena added. “I’m already looking at maybe No. 19. (Smiling.) So I’m not thinking about it so much as — I think once you do you become a little satisfied. I have said this before: I don’t want to become that. I want to continue to rise and continue to play really hard and do the best that I can.”